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Poetry Foundation Bio

All you need to know about the life and times of our man Donne.

Poets.org

The American Academy of Poets hosts a concise introduction to John Donne, many of his important poems, and a bibliography of his work.

John Donne: The Lover as Logician

Here's a helpful (if a tad intellectual) introduction to John Donne and Metaphysical poetry.

Video

Movie-Themed Version

Um, we're not really sure how the film relates to the poem (it seems sad?), but we enjoy the production values all the same.

Kid in Jean Shorts Burns Poem to Impress a Girl

We think Donne would have actually approved of this. But only if he got the girl. Thank you, Internet.

Featuring Sparky the Pug and Random Cat

Wow. Sparky's name seems a bit ironic, based on this video.

Audio

Actress Claire Lautier reads "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning"

This is part of Poets & Writers' salute to National Poetry Month.

Deep, Rich Reading

This guy's got the proper pipes for poetry.

Articles and Interviews

T.S. Eliot on the Metaphysical Poets

T.S. Eliot saved the Metaphysical poets from irrelevance with this important essay.

Herbert Sucks. Donne is a Pimp.

The title tells you all you need to know. Well, maybe not. Written by a high school teacher, the article discusses how students react to Donne's work.

Books

John Donne's Poetry

The Norton Critical Edition contains the most accurate text, excellent footnotes, and critical essays about Donne.

John Donne: The Reformed Soul

John Stubbs's authoritative biography analyzes Donne's complex religious and romantic inclinations.

Film/TV

Award-winning Play and Movie about Donne's Poetry

The lead character of Wit is a terminal cancer patient studying John Donne's work. Though not directly related to this poem, it's a great film.

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